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What kind of floors work with radiant heating?

If you're installing radiant heating, you have many flooring options.

If you’re installing radiant heating, you’ve got lots of flooring options.

Ever felt warm flooring under your feet? In addition to feeling warm and wonderful, radiant heating also is an excellent source of heating for rooms where traditional ducting cannot be run—or where you don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of a duct.

Radiant heating is more energy efficient than baseboard heating, and doesn’t lose energy through heat loss like forced air systems. For people who suffer from allergies, radiant heating is a welcome alternate heating source because it doesn’t circulate allergens like traditional forced air systems.

Whether you’re building or retrofitting a home to take advantage of this even-heating, energy efficient and allergy-friendly form of warmth, you need to choose what kind of flooring to lay over the radiant heating. Fortunately, you have great options that come in a variety of textures and colors, thanks to advances in flooring and subflooring technologies:

  1. Carpet. That soft and cozy flooring not cozy enough? When installing carpet over radiant heating, don’t mess around. Talk to the experts to make sure that you use the right pad and carpeting so you can take full advantage of the heating potential of your radiant heating system.
  2. Laminate. Think beyond laminate wood flooring. Laminate flooring comes in a variety of styles, and can have the look of stone, tile or even concrete. Whatever the look, laminate flooring is a floating floor, meaning it can be installed over a radiant heating system. Laminate is also extremely durable, and can handle any active household’s wear and tear (that means you, kids and pets!).
  3. Tile—any kind! If you are laying a tile that can be cold to your toes, such as porcelain tile, radiant flooring is your answer. Tile conducts heat naturally, leaving you with an even heat that is easy-to-clean and mildew resistant. Tile is also one of the easiest floors to install over radiant flooring.
  4. Engineered hardwood. With the look of real wood and the floating floor properties of laminate, engineered hardwood is an ideal floor for homeowners that want real wood floors and the warmth of radiant heating.

If you’re considering radiant heating, make sure you consult the experts to make sure you select the right flooring that amplifies the warmth of your radiant flooring. Then, sit back—or lie down—and enjoy the warmth of your cozy, warm, energy efficient floor.

Best Flooring for your Mudroom

vinyl floor10 pounds. At least.

That’s how much sand we’ve been trying to keep out of our house because of our kids’ obsession with the sandbox. And that’s why we’re so grateful for our mudroom, which keeps the pool water, wet paws, grass clippings and, well, mud off of our hardwood flooring. It also stores and organizes all the gear, sports equipment and leashes that come with a busy family.

So what’s the best flooring for your mudroom? We’ll start with what’s not the best option. Hardwood flooring, though extremely durable and beautiful, is not the best fit for a mudroom. Any water (or snow) left on hardwood flooring can lead to damage and warping.

That leaves you with a few other excellent choices:

  • Porcelain tile. It looks great. But that’s not the reason porcelain tile is an ideal candidate for your mudroom or entry way. Porcelain tile is water, odor and mildew resistant. If you’re worried about the cold feeling of this tile, you can install radiant heating underneath and enjoy toasty toes even on the coldest Wisconsin days.
  • Linoleum. This flooring is budget friendly and easy to clean, perfect for any mudroom. It comes in a variety of patterns and colors, making it easy to clean and easy on the eyes.
  • Vinyl. Some of the newest vinyl products could fool even the most hard-core hardwood admirer. Whether your preference is stone or hardwood, these tiles can mimic both styles with colors that floor everyone who enters your home. Vinyl is also durable and soil and stain resistant, perfect for the room that takes the brunt of the elements on a regular basis.

We can’t keep the sand out of your mudroom, but we can install flooring that can handle the sand, snow, mud and anything else that tracks into your home. Stop in or contact us for your perfect mudroom flooring match.

Indoor Flooring For Your Outdoors

outdoor tileIf you’re like most Wisconsinites, you’re soaking up the sun every minute you can and ignoring memories of that white stuff that covered the ground just a few months ago.  Since you’re occupying your outdoor space these days as much as your indoors, live up the outdoors with the same flooring products that you use in your bathrooms, kitchens and mudrooms. Consider these options:

  • Porcelain tile. Highly durable with a low water absorption rate, porcelain tile looks and works great outdoors. Plus, porcelain comes in a variety of colors and sizes, meaning you can create a backyard unique and beautiful.
  • Slate tile. It looks awesome and is a great option for outdoor spaces. With a variety of colors, you can create a pattern that complements your home and can handle the coldest Wisconsin temperatures.

When shopping for flooring for your patio, balcony or steps, make sure you tell your salesperson that you are looking for tiles to use outside to make sure that you get the best outdoor product. Then, set up an installation date and sit back and admire your fantastic outdoor space.